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Starting Your Career at the U.S. Department of Labor

A Reference Guide for College Students and College Placement Officers

U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management Human Resources Center

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is charged with preparing the America's workers force for new and better jobs in the 21st Century work force, and ensuring the adequacy of America's work places. The Department enforces Federal statutes which cover a wide variety of workplace activities to include protecting workers' wages, health, safety, employment, and pension rights; promoting equal employment opportunity; and administering job training, unemployment insurance, and workers' compensation programs. The Department also collects, analyzes, and publishes labor and economic statistics; helps develop international trade and economic policies affecting American workers; promotes improved conditions for women in the work place; and devises programs to provide veterans with training and employment services.

We offer rewarding careers, career development opportunities, and the chance to make important contributions in serving the work force of tomorrow. In serving and protecting workers, our career choices include Economist, Investigator (Pension), Wage & Hour Compliance Specialist, Workers' Compensation Claims Examiner, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist, Workforce Development Specialist, Industrial Hygienist, Accountant, Safety & Occupational Health Specialist, Attorney, and many others.

The recruitment, hiring, and retention of high quality, diverse employees in the Department are essential in performing our critical mission. To further this purpose, we have established a dialogue with the college career services community so it may better know our programs and job opportunities.

We have prepared this "reader-friendly" reference guide to summarize Federal and, specifically, DOL hiring programs and career opportunities. In addition, it provides information on the Federal application process to assist you in developing a strong application or resume for a position in the Federal service. I hope the guidance provided is useful, and encourages outstanding college graduates like you to join the team that is working for the 21st Century Workforce!

— Director of Human Resources

  1. Introduction
  2. How to Find Federal Job Opportunities
  3. Applying For a Federal Position
  4. The Merit System Process
  5. Qualification Requirements for Jobs
  6. Federal Hiring Authorities
  7. Internships